Hi Happy, a Horse of the Year in his native Argentina and Grade 1 winner in the U.S., has been retired from racing and will return to Argentina to begin his stallion career, Thoroughbred Daily News reports.
The 7-year-old son of Pure Prize will stand at Haras Vacación for a syndicate that includes Haras La Providencia, for whom he ran as a homebred, Haras Firmamento and Haras Santa Ines. He spent five seasons on the racetrack, winning eight of 19 starts and earning $1,320,861.
Hi Happy won a quartet of Group 1 races in Argentina, including two legs of the country's Triple Crown, en route to being named 2015 Horse of the Year and champion stayer.
After 11 months without a race, Hi Happy made his first U.S. start for trainer Felipe Souza. He raced four times for Souza, highlighted by a third in the G3 Tokyo City Cup Stakes and a fourth in the G1 Santa Anita Handicap, before taking another extended break and moving to the barn of Todd Pletcher at the beginning of his 2018 campaign.
Hi Happy did his best U.S. running with Pletcher, highlighted by a two-race winning streak comprised of the G2 Pan American Stakes and the G1 Man o' War Stakes. He also placed in four additional graded stakes while running for Pletcher.
Hi Happy is out of the Argentine-born French Deputy mare Historia.
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